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The Shape Of Things: A Theatrical Examination Of The Progression Of Emotional Manipulation, Kylee Lorio 2022 Bridgewater College

The Shape Of Things: A Theatrical Examination Of The Progression Of Emotional Manipulation, Kylee Lorio

Honors Projects

In Neil LaBute's work, The Shape of Things, graduate art student Evelyn Thompson meets security guard and future muse, Adam Sorenson, in an art museum during his late-night shift. Their meeting poses the question of just how far humans are willing to go for love. In less than two hours, LaBute’s insight regarding manipulation between intimate partners calls the integrity of our own interpersonal relationships into question. This project encapsulates the materials of Bridgewater College student Kylee Lorio while directing this production during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Breaking Barriers: Creating Inclusive Dance Spaces For High School Students With Cerebral Palsy, Samantha Michelle Barnewolt 2022 Hollins University

Breaking Barriers: Creating Inclusive Dance Spaces For High School Students With Cerebral Palsy, Samantha Michelle Barnewolt

Dance (MFA) Theses

Abstract This thesis explores the power of positive mindsets as it relates to creative movement development in dance for students living with Cerebral Palsy (CP) who also use motorized wheelchairs. This research dives into the development of movement mantras used to break negative mindsets and create thinking strategies that encourage movement development for varied bodies. As a result of collaborative efforts between the researcher, a student living with CP, and students living without CP, this study reveals that through the removal of mental barriers which complicate the accessibility of intentional movement in dance, students with CP may overcome obstacles that ...


Our Town Set Design, Zabrina Corrales 2022 Georgia Southern University

Our Town Set Design, Zabrina Corrales

Honors College Theses

An important piece of any theatrical production is the scenic design. My thesis project follows my process through the research and design process used to create my own set design for Our Town by Thornton Wilder. I look at the text of the script as well as the background of Thornton Wilder’s ideas for the play. I explore other productions’ choices and what worked or did not work for them. By using my own analysis of the script and research on design elements, I produce an original set design for Our Town including a ground plan and renderings of ...


The Green World Is Calling And She Must Go: Rhetoric Of Adventure And Betrayal In Shakespeare's Othello, Madeleine Dax Wilson 2021 Humboldt State University

The Green World Is Calling And She Must Go: Rhetoric Of Adventure And Betrayal In Shakespeare's Othello, Madeleine Dax Wilson

Toyon Literary Magazine

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Jet Of Blood, Elizabeth S. Goins, Andy Head, Thomas Davis 2021 Rochester Institute of Technology

Jet Of Blood, Elizabeth S. Goins, Andy Head, Thomas Davis

Frameless

A virtual production of Antonin Artaud’s 1925 play, Jet of Blood.


"Somnium" Vr Demo, Andy Head, Omen Sade, Elizabeth Goins, Joe Geigel, Yancarlos Diaz 2021 Rochester Institute of Technology

"Somnium" Vr Demo, Andy Head, Omen Sade, Elizabeth Goins, Joe Geigel, Yancarlos Diaz

Frameless

Driven by a desire to overcome challenges from COVID-19 and to explore theatre in a new direction, the fall production of SOMNIUM at the Rochester Institute of Technology took on a completely new concept. Instead of a more traditional, physical theatre piece as it was originally envisioned, the SOMNIUM RIT Team decided to leap into the unknown, and explore a unique blend of devised theatre, film, and 3D game design. This demo allowed audiences to view a short trailer of the production and speak with members of the design team.


Establishing The Actor-Audience Connection During Performance On A Virtual Stage, Zhongyuan Fa, Joe Geigel, Sungyoung Kim, Marla Schweppe 2021 Rochester Institue of Technology

Establishing The Actor-Audience Connection During Performance On A Virtual Stage, Zhongyuan Fa, Joe Geigel, Sungyoung Kim, Marla Schweppe

Frameless

In distributed virtual theatre (presentation of live performance in shared virtual spaces), a major challenge lies in creating a social connection between audience and actors, who reside in physically distant spaces. The goal of this demo is to explore the extents by which this chemistry can be recreated in a virtual space even though participants are in different physical locales. We focus on non-verbal connection using body motion and actor-audience proximity to create the social bond.


Designing Blended Experiences: Laugh Traders Design Fiction, BRIAN J. OKEEFE 2021 Farmingdale State College

Designing Blended Experiences: Laugh Traders Design Fiction, Brian J. Okeefe

Frameless

The increasing ubiquity of interactions that involve complementary digital content, physical objects, and spaces, brings about new challenges for designers. There is a need to embed designs in legacy systems, whether those are existing physical structures or existing digital platforms. Traditional approaches to product design, interaction design, and user experience design often do not take this new context into account. Many systems do not consider how designers produce new digital and physical experiences that work harmoniously, while supporting new interactions and relationships with people (Imaz and Benyon 2007; Jetter, Geyer, Schwarz & Reiterer 2012). To address this, we propose the idea ...


Into The Unknown!: Digital Theatre And Boldly Going Forward With "Somnium", Andy Head, Omen Sade 2021 Rochester Institute of Technology

Into The Unknown!: Digital Theatre And Boldly Going Forward With "Somnium", Andy Head, Omen Sade

Frameless

Driven by a desire to overcome challenges from COVID-19 and to explore theatre in a new direction, the fall production of SOMNIUM at the Rochester Institute of Technology took on a completely new concept. Instead of a more traditional, physical theatre piece as it was originally envisioned, the SOMNIUM RIT Team decided to leap into the unknown, and explore a unique blend of devised theatre, film, and 3D game design.


Love, Yourself: A Solo Play, Tiffany Gilly 2021 Louisiana State University

Love, Yourself: A Solo Play, Tiffany Gilly

LSU Master's Theses

This Thesis outlines the research, writing, and production process that lead up to the performance of an original Solo Play, presented by the author. The project, entitled Love, Yourself is a twenty-minute autobiographical journey about the author’s experiences as a child of a neglectful and abusive single mother, as a foster kid, then college student, and eventual aspiring performer. In the play, the author deals with writer's block from not having felt inspired to write a song in months and attempts to find inspiration by sifting through old memories and telling stories to the audience. By the end ...


Complete Volume (44), 2021 Minnesota State University, Mankato

Complete Volume (44)

Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal

Complete digitized volume (volume 44) of Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal.


"The Most Beautiful Thing In The World": A Rhetorical Analysis Of Relational Dialectics And Friendship In The Musical Kinky Boots, Adam Clayton Moyer, Valerie Lynn Schrader 2021 Penn State University - Schuylkill

"The Most Beautiful Thing In The World": A Rhetorical Analysis Of Relational Dialectics And Friendship In The Musical Kinky Boots, Adam Clayton Moyer, Valerie Lynn Schrader

Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal

In this article, we examine Kinky Boots, a musical that won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2013 and continues to win over audiences with its positive message about acceptance, as a rhetorical text through William K. Rawlins’ theoretical construct of relational dialectics regarding friendship. Through rhetorical criticism as a research method, we apply Rawlins’ concepts of political and personal friendships, as well as the dialectics of affection and instrumentality, expressiveness and protectiveness, judgment and acceptance, and the ideal and the real to examine notable relationships between characters in the musical. Specifically, we examine the relationships between Charlie and ...


The Cunning Little Vixen: A Folktale Illustrated On Stage, Mikayla Reid 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Cunning Little Vixen: A Folktale Illustrated On Stage, Mikayla Reid

Masters Theses

This thesis paper reflects upon the costume design process taken by Mikayla Reid to explore how color choice and application within designs can help create storybook characters off the page and onto the stage. This concept is explored through the costume designs for the opera The Cunning Little Vixen, a production theoretically staged at the Alice Busch Opera Theater for the Glimmerglass Festival in New York. The paper discusses Reid’s attempt to create designs that still feel like watercolor illustrations, even when realized in physical garments. It follows her process as she tests different dye techniques in search for ...


Real Fake Fighting: The Aesthetic Of Qualified Realism In Japanese Professional Wrestling, Clara Marino 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Real Fake Fighting: The Aesthetic Of Qualified Realism In Japanese Professional Wrestling, Clara Marino

Masters Theses

Professional wrestling is a performance art in which the line between fact and fiction is often obscured. Much of the existing scholarship on the medium that examines its dynamics regard reality and artifice focuses on the role of the artificial, analyzing pro-wrestling as primarily a form of heightened spectacle akin to passion plays or soap opera. However, professional wrestling in Japan, particularly that found in the country's largest promotion, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, features many elements that resemble real sports much more closely than many American promotions. These elements include fighting styles, wrestler injury, characters that do not fit easily ...


Long Day's Journey Into Realistic Scenic World: A Reflection On The Scenic Design For Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, Xinyuan Li 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Long Day's Journey Into Realistic Scenic World: A Reflection On The Scenic Design For Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, Xinyuan Li

Masters Theses

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO REALISTIC SCENIC WORLD: A REFLECTION ON THE SCENIC DESIGN FOR EUGENE O’NEILL’S LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

MAY 2021

XINYUAN LI, B.A., SHANGHAI THEATER ACADEMY

M.F.A., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

Directed by: Professor Anya Klepikov

This thesis is a reflection of the paper project of scenic design of Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill. It’s a record tracking the entire design process from the script analysis to the final presentation and all the discovery along with the process. Successes and places need to be ...


Adapting The Hellmouth In The Office Of The Dead From The Hours Of Catherine Of Cleves: An Experiment In Using A Dramaturgical Approach To Medieval Studies, Tatiana A. Godfrey 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Adapting The Hellmouth In The Office Of The Dead From The Hours Of Catherine Of Cleves: An Experiment In Using A Dramaturgical Approach To Medieval Studies, Tatiana A. Godfrey

Masters Theses

This thesis is an artefact documenting the process of adapting a late medieval painting of hell into a short horror film. The process of adapting the Three Mouths of Hell, housed within the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, serves as an experiment in applying a dramaturgical approach to medieval studies. The process of adaptation and production, informed by critical research about the Hours of Catherine of Cleves and its Three Mouths of Hell, yields new frameworks for understanding the history of Catherine of Cleves, her Book of Hours, and the Three Mouths of Hell.


Ancestral Hauntings And Utopian Conjurings: A Fool’S Journey Into Coven-19, Or Magicks For Unprecedented Times, Maegan Clearwood 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ancestral Hauntings And Utopian Conjurings: A Fool’S Journey Into Coven-19, Or Magicks For Unprecedented Times, Maegan Clearwood

Masters Theses

Conceived in the wake of a global pandemic and the unanticipated need to create digital theatre, COVEN-19, or Magicks for Unprecdented Times as a devising project consisted of two witchcraft-inspired performances: a fall 2020 Samhain ritual and a spring 2021 Beltane ritual. The company of undergraduate and graduate theatre witches explored decentralized, iterative, slow, caretaking, queer forms of devising over digital platforms. The written portion of this thesis takes the form of a digital tarot blog: 22 (plus a bonus) interconnected essays and spells that interrogate feminist and queer theories as they pertain to the Coven’s devising process. This ...


Virtual Mediums Of Storytelling In Lighting Design: An Exploration Of Plamondon And Cocciante’S Notre-Dame De Paris, Sydney L. Becker 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Virtual Mediums Of Storytelling In Lighting Design: An Exploration Of Plamondon And Cocciante’S Notre-Dame De Paris, Sydney L. Becker

Masters Theses

The following thesis will explore and reflect upon the process of lighting design for Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante’s Notre-Dame de Paris, from the novel by Victor Hugo. It will cover the whole design process, from reading the script through final design proposal. Beyond reflecting on the traditional design process and its trials and tribulations, time will also be spent exploring how moving to an entirely online format affected and changed the process as well as the presentation format of the final product.


“The Badge Of All Our Tribe”: Contradictions Of Jewish Representation On The English Renaissance Stage, Becky S. Friedman 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The Badge Of All Our Tribe”: Contradictions Of Jewish Representation On The English Renaissance Stage, Becky S. Friedman

Doctoral Dissertations

Literary and historical records fueled fantasies of intense difference between the Jews and Christians of early modern England. Representations of Jewishness in the Renaissance theater drew on many of these enduring pejorative fictions, which associated Jews with financial manipulation, corporeal abnormalities, and an innate predilection for iniquity. At the same time, depictions of stunningly beautiful Jewish women and sympathetic, relatable Jewish commoners also emerged on the stage, complicating centuries-old attitudes of antipathy with suggestions of fascination, compassion, and similitude. “The Badge of All Our Tribe”: Contradictions of Jewish Representation on the English Renaissance Stage sheds light on this broader spectrum ...


Theater Of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage Of Jacobean London, Liz Fox 2021 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Theater Of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage Of Jacobean London, Liz Fox

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation, Theater of Exchange: The Cosmopolitan Stage of Jacobean London, examines how early modern theater reflected and participated in the developing global economy and corresponding emergence of London as a capital of world mercantilism. I argue that moments of economic and cultural exchange appearing in work from Jacobean playwrights, including William Shakespeare, Francis Beaumont, Ben Jonson, Thomas Heywood, and John Marston, mediated native and foreign influences and promoted cosmopolitan attitudes among playgoers. Reading plays through a lens of hybridity, this dissertation positions the early modern playhouse as a site of international integration and exchange that, like the emerging marketplace ...


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